After a hard-fought match against Juventus, there were some questions as to whether or not Cristiano Ronaldo would be fit enough to play against Real Sociedad on Saturday. But the Real Madrid superstar removed all doubt regarding his form as he dominated to the tune of a hat trick and an assist in a 5-1 win for Los Blancos.
It didn't take Ronaldo long to prove that there were no ill effects from the Juventus match. He very nearly netted the first goal of the night in the seventh minute, blasting it off the crossbar:
Just a few minutes later, Ronaldo answered as he took a cross on the right side of the box and buried a tough angle shot past Sociedad goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
While fans are likely to remember Ronaldo's goal-scoring prowess most in the coming days, he showed an ability to get his teammates involved as well.
Six minutes after his initial goal, CR7 smartly and neatly dropped a pass back for Karim Benzema, who made no mistake as he put Madrid up 2-0.
After a Sociedad hand ball in the penalty area, Ronaldo received yet another golden opportunity to find the back of the net on a penalty kick. As one of the calmest and most consistent penalty-takers in the world, Ronaldo had little trouble making it 3-0.
Sami Khedira put Madrid up 4-0 later in the first half, and Sociedad was eventually able to get on the board in the 61st minute when Antoine Griezmann finally broke up the shutout.
Ronaldo wasn't satisfied with two goals and an assist, though, as he took advantage of a free kick just outside the Sociedad box in the 76th minute. Ronaldo curled a gorgeous ball over the Sociedad wall, and the keeper had no chance to stop it as the shot nestled nicely into the bottom left corner of the net.
Every fan knows that Ronaldo is arguably the best goal scorer in the world today, but it's always nice to see him reaffirm that fact in these types of efforts.
As expected, head coach Carlo Ancelotti had words of praise for his star after the match, via Madrid's Twitter feed:
With the first leg of Portugal's World Cup playoff against Sweden set for Friday, Portugal fans have to be thrilled with Ronaldo's performance. If he carries this form into next week's playoff, there is little doubt that Portugal will have the upper hand.
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